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Bachelor of Science in Computing

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Bachelor of Science in Computing

In conjunction with Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Course Title: Bachelor of Science in Computing
Course Code: CI061LB
LYIT Code: LY717
Course Level: 7
National Framework Level: 7
Award Type: Major
Duration: 3 Years ab initio
Awarding Body: LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC

Bachelor of Science in Computing Cavan Institute Letterkenny IT
Bachelor of Science in Computing Cavan Institute Letterkenny IT

This course is delivered in conjunction with Letterkenny IT

Is this Programme for Me? 

Ireland is the worlds' largest exporter of Computer Software. This means that there are excellent opportunities for finding well-paid employment when you graduate. Additionally, because computers are used in almost every area of modern life, the range of opportunities and types of jobs which are open to computing graduates means that the chances of having a career you enjoy are excellent.

This programme will provide students with the range of both theoretical and practical skills required for them to participate fully in the rapidly growing computing industry. The ethos of the course is to provide a strong core set of competencies in general computing. These skills are typically required across all companies working in IT.

Do I need to know anything about computers before starting this course?

No. We recognise that different students are entering third level education with very different levels of familiarity with computing. Thus, in first year, we will introduce you to all the basics of using computer and we will assume minimal prior knowledge. 

What happens if I pick the wrong computing course?

First year on all of the computing degree courses is very similar so at the end of first year you have the option of changing into second year of a different computing degree if you feel you have made the wrong course choice (subject to certain conditions) so the only real question you have to ask is whether you want to do computing, don’t worry too much about picking the wrong course.

Minimum Academic Entry Requirements

Grade D3 or higher in at least five ordinary level subjects at Leaving Certificate, including Mathematics and either Irish or English, or an equivalent qualification.
Any FETAC Level 5 award is acceptable.
Mature applicants (over 23) are also welcome to apply.

What will I have to study? 

Year 1 - Semester 1

No of CreditsClass hours per week
Introduction OO Programming I
Operating Systems I
Mathematics for Computing
Personal & Professional Development
Student Development

Year 1 - Semester 2

No of CreditsClass hours per week
Introduction OO Programming II
Problem Solving with Robotics
Computer Architecture
Web Development I
Management Information Systems

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course the graduate will have acquired:

  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of computer skills;
  • The ability to demonstrate specialist skills required for working in a range of key ICT sectors including software development, database development and infrastructure;
  • The ability to apply and integrate conceptual and theoretical information relating to the skills above;
  • The ability to review available technologies, implement system modelling techniques, design and implement computer systems;
  • The ability to analyse and evaluate information and based on that information be able to formulate and appraise well documented solutions;
  • The skills required to make decisions and justify those decisions in relation to the task;
  • The ability to design and develop computer systems in a structured manner following an appropriate decision making process;
  • The ability to recognise best-practice across a range of legal and ethical areas;
  • The ability to plan and organise work and interact effectively as part of a team;
  • The ability to develop and formalise original ideas using a range of tools;
  • The ability to demonstrate specialist skills required for working in the computing industry.

Career Opportunities

Current forecasts about the future of the computing industry in Ireland are excellent. It is projected that students who enter third level colleges this year are likely to find there are more professional computing jobs available when they graduate than there are computing graduates to fill them.

During the past decade, Ireland has gained increasing recognition as Europe’s premier location for software development. Since the 1980s, most leading US software vendors, including Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Facebook and Symantec, have based their European operations centres in Ireland. The country has also become the number one site for software development in Europe. All the big players such as Microsoft, Google, EBay, Symantec and Amazon are now based in Ireland.

Alongside the big international players Ireland also has a thriving software development industry that has been created in Ireland by Irish computer graduates. It comprises of over 600 companies, about 250 of which have significant levels of overseas sales. Ireland has now overtaken the USA as the biggest exporter of software in the world. 60% of all software sold in Europe originates in Ireland.

In addition to the national demand for computing graduates there are several large computing companies in the Northwest such as Pramerica which is based in Letterkenny, Northbrook which has operations in Derry and Strabane and SITA which is owned by the air transport industry and has recently announced a major jobs expansion.

Progression Opportunities

Progression is available to a one year Level 8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing internally at LYIT.

On completion of this programme graduates may go on to study for their Honours Degree at other ITs and Universities in Ireland and abroad. Progression internationally to second cycle (i.e. 'Bologna Masters') degree programmes.


The Third Level Grant System applies to this course.
LYIT fees apply.

Further Information

Contact Joe English, Head of School of Computing, Engineering and Science, Cavan Institute
eMail joeenglish at
Telephone (049) 4332633

For more information see LYIT Bachelor of Science in Computing